Feb. 26, 2014
RUSTON, La. - UALR took advantage of 11 walks courtesy of 12 Louisiana Tech pitchers as the Trojans defeated the Bulldogs, 11-2, Wednesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
With a two-run lead heading into the seventh inning, three LA Tech (2-5) relief pitchers combined for seven walks in the top half of the inning, which eventually led to nine runs allowed by UALR (6-2) in the frame. Nine runs and 11 walks is the most given up by a Bulldog pitching staff since the 2011 season.
"We only had about six guys tonight out of 12 that controlled the strike zone," head coach Wade Simoneaux said. "We had 11 walks and guys that cannot control the strike zone. You can't defend 11 walks. We are going to have to pitch the guys who can throw strikes. We have to find the right combination and it is obvious we have not found it yet."
UALR's Chad Bradford (1-0) earned the win for the visiting Trojans after shutting down the Bulldog bats for 6.2 innings, allowing just three hits and striking out four. He did not allow a run. Dillon Moritz and Sam Theole pitched in relief for the Trojans before Josh Merrill came on in the ninth and gave up two runs - one earned - off two hits, while walking one batter. Stephen Chandler came on to strike out the final two LA Tech batters of the night and clinch the win for UALR.
Freshman Mark Baughman (0-1) was charged with the loss for LA Tech after allowing the first run of the game in the fourth inning when Trojan catcher Drew Merten led off with a single to left center field and eventually scored on a throwing error by Taylor Love. Luke Giddens, Joshua Horton and Ben Carlisle all combined to pitch the seventh inning, giving up a total of nine runs off four hits and seven walks. Phil Maton started for the Bulldogs, while Eric Dunbar, Brett Bushnell, Jared Keating, Austin Greer, Braden Bristo, Paul Harris and Laetten Galbraith all saw action on the mound as well.
UALR first took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, but followed up with a second in the fifth on an RBI single by Mitchell Scheuler to score Austin Pfeiffer, who doubled to left center earlier in the inning, from second base.
LA Tech's lone two runs of the game came late as Taylor Nichols led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo home run, his first of the season, down the left field line. Chandler Hall then walked, advanced to second on an attempted pick off, before Jacob Derouen doubled to left field to plate the final run of the night for the Bulldogs.
Derouen led LA Tech at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort and an RBI, while Nichols was responsible for the second RBI of the night on the solo shot to left field in the final frame. B.J. Findley and Taylor Love each had one hit on the night for a total of five Bulldog base hits on the night.
For the Trojans, Scheuler led with a 2-for-3 performance at the dish with four RBI, a run scored and two walks. Justin Steelmon also had two hits for UALR and crossed the plate twice in the win. UALR totaled eight hits off 12 LA Tech pitchers.
LA Tech returns to the diamond at 6 p.m. Friday to play hosts to Minnesota in a three-game set at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
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